Spotlight: Liz Marai, Assistant Professor
Congratulations to our Assistant Professor, Liz Marai, for being selected for the 10th annual Provostís Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE) innovation in education awards program for her project Immersive Software Engineering. ACIE identifies proposals that show promise for introducing innovative approaches to teaching that can be adapted for use in other courses. Dr. Marai is one of only eleven recipients of the 2009 award.
Dr. Marai's award winning ACIE project on Immersive Software Engineering will develop a new software engineering course introducing to students project management skills, usability testing, as well as customer interviewing. All these skills add to the students' global marketplace competitive edge.
The awards, instituted in 2000 by Provost James V. Maher, encourage instructional innovation and teaching excellence. Council Chair Andrew Blair, vice provost for faculty affairs, said the council seeks to identify high-quality proposals that give promise of introducing innovative, creative approaches to teaching that can be adapted for use in other courses. Eight Computer Science faculty members have received the ACIE award during the ten year history of the awards. Liz Marai has been awarded this honor along with Jose Brustoloni (2003), George Novacky (2004), Patchrawat Uthaisombut (2004), Yasir Khalifa (2004), Ahmed Amer (2007), Alexandros Labrinidis (2007), and Daniel Mossé (2007).
You can find more information about Dr. Marai's research projects from her personal web page.
Read the University Times article about the 2009 Provostís ACIE awards, April 2009.Read the Teaching Times article about this award, September 2009, page 14.